The fight for the European Cup is the focus in the last two rounds of the championship group in the Bundesliga. Rapid can secure the runner-up title early on Wednesday with a home win in the hit round of 31 against LASK. With a success in Hartberg, WAC can also intervene. The third duel is the champions Red Bull Salzburg against Sturm Graz.
“We want to try again to win and hope that after the game we will be in the same situation as before the game, namely before the LASK,” said Rapid coach Dietmar Kühbauer. His troop is up two points. With the WAC four points away, which will receive Rapid on Sunday at the end, another team is in the race for second place. “Games against the LASK are always close, so little things decide,” Kühbauer, who has ten lapses, is aware.
At LASK you want to forget the bitter 0: 1 against the WAC. According to coach Valerien Ismael, the goal is to be more present from the first minute than last against the WAC. “We have found many points here that we want to start with. It will be about wanting it more than your opponent. This unconditional will has often distinguished us this season. It will be about throwing everything in, ”said the Frenchman.
LASK has been an away force this season so far, winning 13 out of 15 games in a defeat and a draw. Rapid, on the other hand, lacks the usual home strength, which was also clear recently in the 0-1 against Hartberg and the historic 2-7 against Salzburg. It is curious that second place at the end of the year can be a bit ungrateful if you fail in the Champions League qualification.
Relieved of the worries of an international ticket, the WAC wants to take third place and thus play directly in the group stage of the Europa League. WAC coach Ferdinand Feldhofer was confident about the recent performance, at least to do his own work. “We managed two of the four finals superbly, we are all so focused,” said Feldhofer after the 2-0 win over Sturm and the 1-0 win at LASK last Sunday. The fact that this already secured the European place was “a real exemption” and “a huge bonus”. The former Sturm-Kicker sees his team well prepared: “We have a great starting position, are in the tunnel, in the flow. And we know we can beat anyone. ”
Hartberg waves fifth place and with it the EL play-off, currently you have four points ahead of Sturm Graz, so could make everything clear on Wednesday. “We are in a fantastic situation and we have it in our own hands. It’s a huge story and we want to blow out everything that we still have, ”said coach Markus Schopp. He believes his team is ready: “We played a bombastic master group up to the second half against Sturm (1: 2)”, he was convinced despite five defeats. Four of them happened at home. “We are concerned because we were often not the worse team, but not yet the more mature team.”
The championship title can no longer be taken from Salzburg, on Wednesday Sturm will be guest in Wals-Siezenheim. The Styrians don’t want to come “to congratulate”, as interim coach Thomas Hösele emphasized. After all, his team is still concerned with the small chance of fifth place. “We want to set the tone,” said Hösele before his second game as head coach of the “Blackys”. The first ended with a bitter 2-3 loss to Rapid. “We analyzed the game and tried to check it off relatively quickly,” explained Hösele, who among other things. must fear for the battered captain Stefan Hierländer. “We know how powerful and intense the team is. The question will be to what extent we are ready to find the solutions, ”emphasized the 51-year-old before the duel against Salzburg, where he worked as a U18 coach for a year.
“We just want to get two good performances and offer the fans good football and two victories in the remaining two games,” said bull coach Jesse Marsch. “The boys still have a great mentality, they have always shown and will show them.” He also wants to help Patson Daka become the top scorer. The 21-year-old Sambier is currently behind WAC striker Shon Weissman with 24 goals, three. “If there is a 911, he will shoot him,” announced Marsch, who plans to rotate again. Captain Andreas Ulmer does not want to lose as the loser for the subsequent handover of the master plate. 270 spectators will be in the stadium: players’ wives and all people who live in the household of the players as well as all club employees – all will be tested beforehand, the club announced. But more than a small celebration will not be possible before relaxing in terms of Corona.